What's New NMU? February 8, 2013

February 8, 2013

Staying Wild
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Staying Connected

Campus Conditions

View from the 6th floor!

A warm 20 degree overcast day on NMU's campus after a light snowfall of 1-2 inches overnight. Warmer temps are welcome as there has been a streak of below zero nights.


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Staying Wild: Rick '73 and Betsy '73 Colvin


With Valentine’s Day approaching, many NMU alumni reminisce about loved ones they met while on campus.  Whether you met your spouse, best friend, mentor, teammate or roommate, the best of relationships are often made right here at NMU.  For Rick Colvin ’73 and Betsy (Hill) Colvin ’73, Northern is a special place as they first met on campus.

Born and raised in Owosso, Michigan, Rick first noticed Betsy (or “Betz” as he lovingly refers to her) in senior seminar English class.  They officially met that week after being brought together by mutual friends to work on a class paper.  The two went to see Man of La Mancha a few days later and were engaged the next week.  “I’m afraid the proposal wasn’t very romantic.  I did it during a phone call from work,” says Rick.

The two married on December 29, 1973, just seven days after graduation.  Betsy graduated with her maiden name, something both Rick and Betsy wanted as both of her parents attended NMU and her mother had died that spring.

Rick wrote to the NMU Alumni Association “my roots are in Detroit, but my heart has always been in the UP.”  With the two celebrating 40 years of marriage, it’s easy to see why.

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What are your memories of lifelong relationships that started at NMU? Show your love by sending us a photo of you and your special one or telling us about who you met here on campus.  Whether it’s you and the roommate you keep in touch with, the story of you and your partner, or a photo of your baby or pet sporting NMU gear, we want to see it!  We’ll feature them in the next issue of "What’s New, NMU?" e-newsletter.

The Alumni Association would like to send a big thank you to all of the generous contributors who have recently helped support all the programs and services that we offer.  These programs and services are available to all alumni that have a connection to NMU. "What's New, NMU?" is just one service brought to you by the generous gifts of NMU alumni and friends. Please consider helping with a contribution to the Alumni Association to guarantee the continuation of programs and services provided. Gifts can be made at www.nmu.edu/give, choose "Alumni Association" as your designation. A complete list of programs and services can be found at http://www.nmu.edu/alumniassociation/benefits.

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Campus Information

Alumni Invited to participate in NMU Service Trips

NMU has a strong tradition of giving back.  Northern students are known for being engaged, involved citizens and effective leaders.  Logging countless volunteer hours – over 28,000 hours last year alone – community service is an integral part in the lives of many NMU students. 

Superior Edge is a student development program at Northern Michigan University that provides students with the opportunity to combine in- and out-of-the-classroom experiences in a way that will provide them with an edge with employers or graduate school admissions counselors.  Recently the Superior Edge launched service trips, traveling to Ecuador, India and Ireland, offering students and NMU faculty and staff an opportunity to travel abroad while volunteering in the communities they visit.

These service trips are now open to NMU alumni!  The next trip is planned for May 5-20 where participants will travel throughout Spain, exploring Madrid, Bermeo, and Barcelona.  Volunteer opportunities will include building theatre sets, teaching English, and coordinating games and activities. Other highlights include museums, botanical gardens, and other Spanish cultural activities.  The cost is $3800 and includes airfare, modest accommodations, travel within the country, and most meals.  Please contact Rachel Harris at 906-227-6543 or by e-mail at raharris@nmu.edu for more information.

Upcoming Events

The Northern Michigan University Intercollegiate Athletic and Recreational Sports Department is hosting the Pink Wave on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Berry Events Center. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the three Wildcat sporting events to support breast cancer awareness.  The day tips off with the men’s basketball game at 11 a.m. followed by the women’s basketball game at 1 p.m. Hockey wraps up the day at 7:35 p.m. All three games are against Ferris State University.  Pink Wave apparel is now available for purchase at the NMU Bookstore, ‘Cats Corner Store, PEIF Info Center or at Saturday’s basketball games.  Tickets can be purchased through the NMU Ticket Outlet

Wildcat Night Across the Country

Less than two weeks until Wildcat Night Across the Country 2013!  Meet and mingle with NMU alumni and friends in your community to watch NMU hockey LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit.  Check the list to see which of the 18 parties are near you.  A Marquette party has just been added to the list.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

NMU at Michigan State LIVE on Fox Sports Detroit

Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. EST

Title: How I developed a career in international marketing with my NMU degree?

Featured Speaker: Layla Khoury-Hanold. A 2004 graduate with degrees in Marketing and French. Currently the Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, International at Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Mead Auditorium

Cost: No Cost

For more information: wfl@nmu.edu, 227-2627. This event is free and brought to you by Wildcats for Life, a group dedicated to building connections with NMU alumni.

NMU is coming to Florida! 

Please save the date for our two upcoming alumni events in Florida.  We hope you can join us.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Rusty Pelican

Tampa, Florida


Friday, March 15, 2013

11:30 a.m.

Timpano Italian Chophouse

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


RSVP required by calling 877-GRAD-NMU

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Staying Connected


Thanks to all of you who have visited the Alumni Office while on campus.  Whenever you’re in town, please drop by 603 Cohodas Hall to say hello!  (You don’t have to be visiting - for those of you who live in Marquette, we want to see you too!  Please stop in.)  If you can’t get to campus but you’re off exploring the world, be sure to send us a photo of you wearing your favorite Wildcat gear so we can share it with other alumni.

Craig Sjoberg '75 and Jim Sandborn '75 have not seen each other since their days as roommates in Gant Hall durring the years of 1972-73. The roommates were reconnected through Facebook and found out they both have daughters living in Seattle. Over the holidays Craig and Jim were able to catch up while in Seattle spending time with family.

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Contributing Editors:
Marina Dupler '03, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Brad Hamel '99, '11, Assistant Director of Advancement Communications